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Just friends? Q: I'm working on trying to be "just friends" with a woman, "Marge," at work. We started talking about three months ago. We are both lesbians. We get along really great, and she [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|Opinions|

Creep of the Week: Tony Zirkle

It takes all kinds, as my father says, and nowhere is that more true than politics. After all, politicians need voters and, arguably, voters need politicians. So if you want the people to vote for [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:45:17-05:00May 1st, 2008|Opinions|

SHe Said

compiled by Howard Israel "In my experience, most kids have a sense as early as 4 or 5 of whether they're gay or not, and by 7 or 8 that identity is there. Some will [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|Opinions|

Billy Masters

"Come to think of it, I'm thrilled to be anywhere with high ratings these days." - George W. Bush makes a self-deprecating quip on "Deal or No Deal." He may not be my favorite person, [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|Entertainment|

Can’t Buy Her Love

By Christopher Cappiello From his chivalrous lawyer in "Enchanted" to the seemingly flawless McDreamy on "Grey's Anatomy," audiences are accustomed to seeing Patrick Dempsey as the nearly perfect guy - handsome, charming, thoughtful and committed. [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|Entertainment|

13th Pride 5K coming up

Grand Rapids Front Runners and Walkers 5-kilometer race and fitness walk will take place on June 1 at Riverside Park on Grand Rapids' northwest side. The Pride 5K is a celebration of LGBT pride - [...]

By |2018-01-16T03:15:12-05:00May 1st, 2008|Entertainment|

Now Playing: May 5, 2008

NEW THIS WEEK: Baby Mama Kate (Tina Fey) is a successful organic grocery executive who learns she can't conceive a baby. Obsessed with being a mother, she turns to an expensive surrogacy service and is [...]

By |2018-01-16T02:04:56-05:00May 1st, 2008|Entertainment|

Will we ever see an LGBT Brady Bunch?

By Dana Rudolph Mombian Raising a child takes at least 18 years, though some would say it is a lifetime's work. Why, then, has television representation of LGBT families focused primarily on the initial stages [...]

By |2018-01-16T13:53:40-05:00May 1st, 2008|Uncategorized|

Paul Tontz searches for subjects

By Dan Woog The OutField One of the joys of college sports is feeling part of a team. Sharing practice sessions, meals, and road trips draws athletes from different backgrounds together. The locker room becomes [...]

By |2018-01-16T07:59:01-05:00May 1st, 2008|Uncategorized|

“Embracing Billie Jean”

Q Puzzle Across 1 Key West storm prelude 5 Go lickety-split 10 "La ___ aux Folles" 14 Diva's piece 15 Score for Billy Bean 16 Cumming on "The L Word" 17 Actor Adams 18 Train [...]

By |2018-01-16T09:22:22-05:00May 1st, 2008|Uncategorized|

Quiet for a cause

HIGHLAND PARK - About 25 youth from the Ruth Ellis Center joined with an estimated 500,000 of their peers across the country Friday to take part in the National Day of Silence campaign. Wearing signs [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Fifteen to serve on Multicultural Advisory Committee

FERNDALE- Fifteen metro-Detroiters have been selected to serve on Affirmations' new Multicultural Advisory Committee. The committee is a pro-active step on the part of Affirmations Community Center to reduce racial disparities within the community and [...]

By |2018-01-15T15:48:03-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Oversight on abstinence only

by Bob Roehr WASHINGTON, DC - After more than a decade and $1.3 billion dollars of funding, the U.S. Congress finally got around to holding its first hearing on abstinence only until marriage sex education [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Human Rights Campaign makes first endorsements

by Bob Roehr The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its first round of endorsements and outlined plans to mobilize the LGBT vote in an April 28 conference call with reporters. Perhaps the most controversial aspect [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Harvey Milk holiday bill passes committee

by Rex Wockner National News A bill to make Harvey Milk's birthday a state holiday passed the California Assembly's Education Committee April 23 in a 7-3 vote. If the measure clears both houses of the [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:51:56-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Chinese transwoman gets new ID card

by Rex Wockner International News A 33-year-old MTF transsexual has become China's first post-op transsexual to go public about obtaining a new state identity card listing her new gender. Ying Ning, 33, of Tianjin told [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:19:39-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Dutch marriage registrars told not to discriminate

by Rex Wockner International News The Netherlands' Equal Treatment Commission ruled April 15 that marriage registrars who refuse to marry gay couples can't marry straight couples either, NIS News reported. The nonbinding decision came in [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:55:35-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Filipino docs in trouble for YouTube vid

by Rex Wockner International News Doctors and nurses at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, Philippines, face lawsuits and probable penalties over a YouTube video that showed a medical extraction of an [...]

By |2018-01-15T22:50:29-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Irish sperm donor loses guardianship case

by Rex Wockner International News An Irish gay man who gave his sperm to a lesbian couple he was friends with so they could get pregnant has lost his case seeking guardianship of his two-year-old [...]

By |2018-01-16T15:04:22-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Media-monitoring group launches in India

by Rex Wockner International News A gay journalists group has formed in Mumbai, India, to lobby for balanced treatment of gay issues in the media and entertainment industries. The Queer Media Collective kicked off its [...]

By |2018-01-16T14:04:47-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Uruguay sees first civil union

by Rex Wockner International News Uruguay's first civil union took place April 17, more than three months after Latin America's first national civil-union law came into force. Actor Adrian Figuera, 38, and theater director Juan [...]

By |2018-01-16T06:16:43-05:00May 1st, 2008|News|

Everything changes at Tipping Point

If professional wrestling is "the only innovative form of modern dance we have left," as one of the characters says in the comedy "Manuscript" that's now playing at Northville's Tipping Point Theatre, then the deep, [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|Entertainment|

Theater Events for the period May 1-10, 2008

PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA: Cobb A fascinating play that examines the life of one of the greatest baseball players of the 20th century: Ty Cobb. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., May 2-24. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com The Compleat [...]

By |2008-05-01T09:00:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|Entertainment|